|Catechists and evangelizers before Christ crucified in St. Michael’s parish in Gainesville, part of the archdiocese of Atlanta.|
Atlanta, August 15, 2007. From July 9 to 14, the
first intensive formation week for catechists and evangelizers was held
in St. Michael’s parish in Gainesville, which is part of
the archdiocese of Atlanta. The course, organized by the Full-time
Evangelizers program, was given in Spanish and in English for
approximately 100 participants. At the archdiocese’s request, the Full-time Evangelizers
program will also be providing the formation program to prepare
11 parishes for an upcoming archdiocesan-wide event next December 12:
the crowning of Our Lady of Guadalupe as Queen of
The first intensive formation week for catechists and evangelizers
began with a retreat centered on love for Christ, the
Church, and souls.
Juan José Hernández, a religious of the Legionaries of Christ, directed the meditations for English speakers, while
Bernardo Osorio, a consecrated man of the Regnum Christi
Movement and director of the Pontifical Catechetical Institute School of
the Faith, served the Spanish-speakers. There was excellent teamwork with
the diocese as 3 members of the archdiocese and 2
consecrated members worked together to give the courses. Fr. Fabio
Sotelo, the parish priest, was also actively involved in motivating
and supporting the participants in the course.
At the end of
the course, the full-time evangelizers presented a new formation program
to be used by the Atlanta parishes in preparation for
the upcoming crowning of Our Lady of Guadalupe as Queen
of the Archdiocese. St. Michael’s is one of 11 parishes
that will play a key role in the upcoming ceremony.
The apostolate of the Pilgrim Queen of the Family was
also presented as an integral part of the preparation for
the crowning. Both of these contributions came about when the
archdiocese of Atlanta asked Alejandro Pinelo, the director of the
Full-time Evangelizers, to be part of the committee planning the
|Spanish-speaking evangelizers in one of the formation sessions.|
The diocese of Atlanta is relatively new (established in
1962) and does not yet have a department of evangelization
or a school for the formation of catechists, so the
diocesan directors of religious education were grateful for the formation
offered by the Full-time Evangelizers. The course ended with more
than 120 participants, since more people joined in as the
week progressed. This experience begins a new process of evangelization
in the archdiocese, and marks the foundation of the first
School of the Faith in Atlanta.
The following is an article
originally published in the Atlanta diocesan newsletter.
Our mission, to
evangelize. . .
There is nothing more important in our lives
as Christians than to live in Christ and to look
|Formation course participants during Mass.|
for God’s desires sharing his love with others. Our Church
in Atlanta is experiencing a great springtime and we all
need to be part of this special mission.
As our beloved
John Paul II said, “I sense that the moment has
come to commit all of the Church´s energies to a
new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes. No believer
in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this
supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.” Redemptoris missio,
Ioannes Paulus PP. II
Our commitment as Catholics is to help
Christ in the mission to redeem the world and spreading
the message of love to all those who are waiting
for it. Christ needs all of us to collaborate in
the mission, but we can only do so by knowing,
loving and spreading our faith.
Following these directives, Full Time Lay
Missionaries or Evangelizadores de tiempo completo organized an Intensive Week
Formation course for Catechists and Evangelizers at St. Michael Catholic
Church in Gainesville, GA. Fr Fabio Sotelo, the Pastor encouraged
the catechists to attend the course in order to start
an on going formation for all those who are part
of the evangelization process. His love for Christ and leadership
helped us to fulfill this commitment.
Cara McLaughlin, Director of Religious
Education at the parish, did a great job gathering together
all those involved in the parish. Thanks Cara for your
great spirit! Special mention to the great team of Religious
Education from the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Lisa Eberhardt and Kersti
O’farrell for their great participation.
We give thanks to the ECYD coworkers who helped with childcare for more than 45
kids daily! Thanks as well to Bernardo Osorio, Director of
|The catechists and evangelizers renew their baptismal promises and their desire to proclaim the Kingdom of Christ.|
School of the Faith and Br. Juan Jose Hernandez, L.C.
for their great job with the spiritual retreat.
Starting with a
day retreat, 100 catechists and evangelizers attended the course from
July 9 to 14 having a deep and wonderful experience
of Christ. Both English and Spanish tracks were successful. At
the end, we all commited to work for the Crowning
of Our Lady of Guadalupe being the guardians for Our
Lady who is going to visit all the families at
Still, there is much more to do. The goal
is to get involved the whole community in the New
Evangelization of this great Church.
Director of Evangelizadores
de Tiempo Completo